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Using This Study Guide


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Graceful Beginnings: New Believers Guide is a series of lessons specifically
designed for the new Christian in mindwhether new to the Christian faith in
general or new in understanding what one might have only heard about previously.
The lessons are basic, introducing the new believer to her God and his way of
approaching life in simple terms that can be easily understood. Just as a newborn
baby needs to know the love and trustworthiness of her parents, the newborn
Christian needs to know and experience the love and trustworthiness of her God.
The seven lessons are:
Lesson 1: Beginning Your New Life in Christ
Lesson 2: The Focus of Your New Life - Christ
Lesson 3: Your New Power Source - Gods Spirit
Lesson 4: Prayer - Living in the Fathers Love
Lesson 5: Your New Life in Community
Lesson 6: A New Life of Obedience
Lesson 7: Sharing Your New Life with Others

The Bible verses used in this study are from the NET Bible unless otherwise
indicated

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How to Use in One-to-One Discipline Relationships


Graceful Beginnings emphasizes that Christianity is Christ. Its all about a
relationship with him. The lessons encourage the young Christian to appreciate and
enjoy this new relationship with Jesus Christ that is filled with treasure for her to
know and experience. Help her to delve into her spiritual riches and to experience
the kind of life our God has prepared for us all.
Understanding and appreciating our rich treasure is best done in a one-to-one
discipling relationship. A mature Christian, one farther along in her walk with
Christ, should be the discipler, meeting with the new believers (disciples)
individually or as a small group (2-4).
Each lesson of Graceful Beginnings consists of two parts:
1) Together Lesson for the discipler to work through with the new believer at a
weekly session, and
2) Personal Discovery Guide for the new believer to work through on her own
during the week between sessions.
At the end of the seven lessons, plan a time to get together and share each others
faith stories (worked on during Lesson 7s Personal Discovery Guide).

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How to Use as an Individual Study


Though designed for one-to-one discipling settings, anyone can go through this
study on his or her own. One suggested way to do this is to spend one day going
through the Together Lesson then follow the Personal Discovery Guide during
the next 6-7 days. If you have questions about anything you are reading or learning,
please ask another Christian you know and trust or email me with your questions.

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Guidelines for One-to-One Together Lessons

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2. Agree to a definite starting and stopping time. Keep to that time, if possible.
Expect the discipline Together Lessons to take about 60 minutes,
depending upon discussion.
3. Make sure that each of you has a modern translation of the Bible to use.
If you dont have a bible call or send a email to request the free Bibles from
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4. Begin and end with prayer. As you enjoy your instructional time together,
give yourselves freedom to address any questions that came up during the
week. As questions come up during the discipling lesson, choose to address
them if relevant or plan to address them at a later time.

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5. It is not necessary that you write answers to the discussion questions while
working through each discipling lesson. However, you should read the
teaching material and all the Bible passages. Each new believer needs to
know where to find these in her own Bible for future reference. Then, give
some thought to each of the discussion questions/issues.

6. Make sure you stay in the Scriptures. That is your authority because that is
Gods Word.
7. At the end of the Together Time, introduce the Personal Discovery Guide
that follows the lesson.
8. Reinforce the transferability of these lessons. Both of you can use them with
any future disciples God brings into your lives.
9. Enjoy your time together getting to know one another in the Lord. Rejoice in
the truths you share together!

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Memorizing Bible Verses Together


Help the new believer to begin memorizing Bible verses each week (included in the
Personal Discovery Guide). We recommend that you both memorize the verses
during the week.
You may each choose to memorize the verse from your Bible rather than what is
given. That is perfectly okay.
The point is to begin a habit of memorizing Scripture.
The 7 memory verses associated with the lessons are:

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Memory Verse 1
For by grace you are saved through faith, and this is not
from yourselves, it is the gift of God; it is not from works,
so that no one can boast. (Ephesians 2:8-9)
Memory Verse 2
But these are recorded so that you may believe that Jesus
is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you
may have life in his name. (John 20:31)
Memory Verse 3
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience,
kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and selfcontrol. Against such things there is no law. (Galatians
5:22-23)

Memory Verse 4
Therefore let us confidently approach the throne of grace
to receive mercy and find grace whenever we need help.
(Hebrews 4:16)
Memory Verse 5
I give you a new commandment to love one another. Jut
as I have loved you, you also are to love one another.

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Everyone will know by this that you are my disciples if


you have love for one another. (John 13:34-35)
Memory Verse 6
I have been crucified with Christ, and it is no longer I
who live, but Christ lives in me. So the life I now live in the
body, I live because of the faithfulness of the Son of God,
who loved me and gave himself for me. (Galatians 2:20)
Memory Verse 7
But how can they call on him to save them unless they
believe in him? And how can they believe in him if they
have never heard about him? And how can they hear
about him unless someone tells them? (Romans 10:14
New Living Translation)

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Lesson 1:
Beginning Your New Life in Christ
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TOGETHER LESSON
Hooray! You have trusted in Jesus Christ. Someone shared the good news of the
gospel with you. You recognized your need, you wanted this good news for
yourself, and you accepted it by faith in Christ. You began a new life, one based on
a relationship with Jesus Christ and filled with treasure that is yours to know and
experience. In this series of lessons, you will delve into your spiritual riches and
learn how to experience the kind of life your God has prepared for you. You can
begin your new life in Christ with confidence and joy!
First, let us review what this gospel good news is.

The Gospel
The Gospel is all that God has done, is doing, and will do through the perfect life,
death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. This Good News of Jesus is the power of
God to eternally save people from the penalty of sin and to unite believers with
Christ so that his resurrected life is lived out through them. This revolutionary truth
centers a believers life on the heart-transforming work of Jesus Christ both for
now and eternity.

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The Gospel Defined


God created us to enjoy relationship with himself.
Our sin has separated us from a holy God and caused spiritual death in us.
Jesus Christ, the eternal Son of God, became human, lived a perfect life, died, and
was resurrected to pay sins penalty of death.
Trusting in Christ eternally unites us with him and other believers.
Our new relationship with Christ gives us his presence and purpose in life.

I have been crucified with Christ, and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in
me. So the life I now live in the body, I live because of the faithfulness of the Son
of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. (Galatians 2:20)

1. Learning About Your New Relationship With


Christ

The Bible
If you received a special letter or email from Jesus telling how much he loves you
and giving guidance you need for your daily issues, would you read it? Of course
you would!
Thats what the Bible is Gods love letter to you! The Bible is Gods words for
you and to you. It is the source of truth about your new life in Christ. Like reading
a love letter increases your love for the author, reading and studying the Bible will
help you to know your God better. You will discover many treasures in your new
relationship with Christ.

Some Bible Basics


The Bible is one book containing a collection of 66 books combined together for
our benefit. The Bible is divided into two main parts: the Old Testament and the
New Testament.
The Old Testament tells the story of the beginning of the world and Gods promises
given through the nation of Israel. It tells how the people of Israel obeyed and
disobeyed God over many, many years. All the stories and messages in the Old
Testament lead up to Jesus Christs coming to the earth. The New Testament tells
the story of Jesus Christ, the early Christians, and Gods promises to all those who
believe in Jesus. You can think of the Old Testament as before Christ and the
New Testament as after Christ.

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Each book of the Bible is divided into chapters and verses within those chapters to
make it easier to study. Bible references include the book name, chapter number
and verse number(s). For example, Ephesians 2:8 refers to the book of Ephesians,
the 2nd chapter, and verse 8 within that 2nd chapter. Printed Bibles have a Table of
Contents in the front to help you locate books by page number. Bible apps also
have a contents list by book.

Throughout these lessons, you will use a Bible to answer questions as you discover
treasure about your new life with Christ. Lets get started!
Key Question: How can a person who trusted in Christ know with certainty that he
or she will spend eternity with God?
You can know that you have a secure and personal relationship with God. The next
section will highlight some Biblical truth to help ground you in this security in
Christ. Read each Bible verse and think through the answers.

2. Confidence In Your New Relationship With


Christ
You can be confident in your new relationship with Christ because you have been
completely forgiven and accepted by God. Only Christs death on the cross is
sufficient to provide this proper relationship with God.
Read Ephesians 2:8-9. What is declared in these verses?
Three important words in these verses explain the basis of our acceptance before
God:
GRACE: Unmerited favor, an undeserved gift
QWhat role did grace play in establishing your relationship with God?
AYou didnt deserve this relationship nor did you earn it by any good works.
Rather it is a free gift from God that you accepted when you received Christ
through faith.
SAVED: Rescued, spared from disaster
QWhat do you think this verse means by saying you are saved? From what are
you rescued?

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ARomans 6:23 says that the final result of sin is death. When you received
Christ, you put your trust in Christ and his death for your sin. You have been
rescued from death and eternal separation from God.
FAITH: Belief, trust, commitment of mind, attitude, action
QWhat does faith have to do with receiving Christ?
ASimply put, faith is believing or trusting God and his Word. When you
received Christ, you put your trust in Christ and his death for your sin. Instead of
believing in your own ability to earn Gods favor, you must now trust that you have
been reconciled to God through what Christ has done for you.
Key Question: Suppose you were standing before God and he asked you, Why
should I let you into my heaven? What would you say?

3. Discovering Truths about Your New Relationship


with Christ
Many exciting things are true in your new relationship with Christ. Discovering
these truths will help you build a firm foundation to your faith.
Christ forgave your sin. Read Colossians 1:13-14. When you trusted Christ for the
forgiveness of your sin, all your sins were forgiven...past, present, and future. What
difference does it make to you to know that your sin is forgiven?
Christ made you a child of God. Read John 1:12. When you received Christ, you
began a loving relationship with God as his child. How important is that to you?
Christ came into your life and will never leave you. Read Hebrews 13:5. Under
what circumstances might Christ leave you?
According to these last two verses, how many times is it necessary to receive
Christ?
Christ began a new life in you. Read 2 Corinthians 5:17. When you trusted Christ
to be your Savior and Lord, you began a new spiritual life. God will increasingly
produce many new qualities in you as you respond to him. Are you grateful that
God has made all things new for you?
Christ gave you eternal life. Read 1 John 5:11-13. On what is eternal life based?
When does a persons eternal life begin? When will it end?
Key Question: If you were to die tonight, how sure are you that you would spend?
Eternity with God? Circle your answer: 0255075100%
These wonderful benefits are based on what Jesus Christ has done for you. None of
them can be earned. You received them the moment you placed your faith in
Christ. Are any of these truths especially meaningful to you right now? If so, why?

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Discover more treasure: Work through your Personal Discovery Guide to review
what you learned in today's "Together Session" and discover more of the riches that
are yours in your relationship with Christ.

PERSONAL DISCOVERY GUIDE


The Personal Discovery Guide is for you to work on by yourself. It is divided into
days to help you build a new habit of focusing on Jesus daily as you learn to
enjoy your relationship with him. Read the verses and record any reflections and
responses you may have to what you read.
You have trusted in Christs payment for your sin. In Lesson 1, you have been
introduced to the basis of your new relationship with Godfaith in Jesus Christ.
You have also looked at five truths about your new life in Christ. So, you can now
have confidence in your new life with him.

Renewing Your Mind with Truth


To help you as you are becoming confident, memorize 1 Bible verse during each
week. Memorizing Bible verses is not just something to do. You are planting
Gods words to you in your mind. The Bible calls it renewing your mind with
truth about who God is and who you are.
The Bible has been translated into English many times through the past 500 years.
The verses printed in Graceful Beginnings are from the NET Bible. If your Bible
is a different English translation, you may choose to memorize the verse below
from your Bible rather than what is given. That is perfectly okay. The point is to
begin a habit of memorizing Scripture. Work on it a little bit every day. You will be
surprised at how soon it just flows from your mind.

Memory Verse 1

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For by grace you are saved through faith, and this is not from yourselves, it is the
gift of God; it is not from works, so that no one can boast. (Ephesians 2:8-9)

Day 1 Discovery Review Beginning Your New


Life in Christ
Review these five truths. Make them part of your life as you grow in Christ. Find
and read the verses listed beside each truth. Write observations of what you see and
how you feel about the truth in the space given. Thank God that this is now true of
you. Knowing these essential truths are critical to our growth in Christ.
You are forgiven: Colossians 1:13-14; 2:13
You are a child of God: John 1:12; Romans 8:15; 1 John 3:1
You are indwelt by Christ: Galatians 2:20; Colossians 1:27.
You have a new life: 2 Corinthians 5:17; Ephesians 2:4-5
You have eternal life: 1 John 5:11-13; John 5:24; 10:27-29

Getting to Know Christ


In this section, you will focus on the life of Jesus as told in the gospel of Mark.
Spend a few minutes each day reading the verses and reflecting on Jesushis life,
his relationships, and his teaching. As you do so, you will get to know and
understand him betterthis One who loves you dearly. Tell him what you are
thinking.

Day 2 Discover Jesus


Read: Mark 1:1-13. Reflect on what you read

Day 3 Discover Jesus


Read: Mark 1:14-28. Reflect on what you read

Day 4 Discover Jesus


Read: Mark 1:29-39. Reflect on what you read

Day 5 Discover Jesus


Read: Mark 2:1-17. Reflect on what you read

Days 6 & 7 Review and Ask Questions


Spend time reviewing what you have learned this week about your new life in
Christ. Bring these to your Graceful Beginnings leader so she will know how to
help you grow.
What discoveries have you made?
What questions do you have?

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Lesson 2:
The Focus of Your New Life Christ
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TOGETHER LESSON
You heard the good news of the gospel and believed that Jesus is the Christ, the
Son of God, who gave himself for your sins so that you could have eternal life just
by believing in himyour Savior. But more than salvation, Jesus Christ calls you
into a relationship with himself!
Christianity is Christ! It is not a lifestyle, rules of conduct, or a society whose
members were initiated by the sprinkling or covering of water. It is about knowing
him personally.

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1. Jesus Christ The Promised Messiah


Over 1500 years, Israels prophets had foretold the coming of the Messiah, Gods
anointed one, who would be both savior and ruler. Nearly 300 specific Old
Testament references were made to his coming. The following are just a few. Read
them and notice the specific prophecy fulfilled.

Old Testament
Micah 5:2
Isaiah 9:6-7
Isaiah 7:14
Psalm 22:16
Psalm 22:18

New Testament Fulfillment


Matthew 2:1
Luke 1:31-33
Luke 1:35
John 20:25
Mark 15:24

The odds against one person fulfilling merely eight of these prophecies would be
the same as a blindfolded person picking one special silver dollar from a two-foot
high stack of silver dollars over an area the size of Texas. Jesus fulfilled over 200
of themexactly! The rest will be fulfilled when he returns. And, his sinless life
qualified him as the perfect sacrifice for all of our sins.
Key Question: Jesus lived as a man, died as a man and rose again with a new
human body. You heard the good news about Jesus and believed. How much do
you really know about Jesus?
Discover truths about your new Savior

2. Confidence in the Reality of Jesus


Jesus Is Fully Human
What is revealed about Jesus humanity in these verses?
Luke 2:52
John 11:35
Matthew 4:2
John 19:28

For we do not have a high priest incapable of sympathizing with our weaknesses,
but one who has been tempted in every way just as we are, yet without sin.
(Hebrews 4:15)

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Jesus Is Fully God


What is revealed about Jesus in these verses?
John 1:1-3, 14
Colossians 2:9
John 10:30
Philippians 2:6-11

All the evidence points clearly to the fact that Jesus Christ is fully God!
Key Question: How confident are you that Jesus (as man) understands how you
feel but is powerful enough (as God) to take care of your every need?

Jesus Conquered Death


The religious leaders accused Jesus of making statements that only God can
legitimately make and convicted him of doing so. He was beaten, crucified, and
buried in a heavily guarded tomb. All hope seemed to be lost. But
He rose from the dead on the third dayjust as he had promised his followers
(Matthew 16:21). Jesus was seen alive by over 500 people as historical eyewitness
records testify (1 Corinthians 15:3-8). Other religious founders (Buddha,
Mohammed, Confucius) are dead. Jesus Christ is alive! You can enjoy a
relationship with himnow and forever!
And there is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven
given among people by which we must be saved. (Acts 4:12)
Key Question: Besides salvation, what do you think are the relationship benefits of
knowing Christ? Discover these next

3. Jesus Is The Answer To Every Spiritual Need


Like Matthew, Mark, and Luke, the gospel of John contains the good news about
Jesuswho he is, why he came, and what he offers to those who trust in him. Jesus
used specific phrases as word pictures to describe himself to those who were
listening and to describe the difference he could make in their lives when they
trusted in him. Discovering these truths will make a difference in your life as well.
As John wrote,
But these are recorded so that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of
God, and that by believing you may have life in his name. (John 20:31)
Jesus is the bread of life. Read John 6:35. Jesus abundant love satisfies our hunger
for a relationship with God. God creates every human being with a hunger for a
relationship with him. How have you tried to satisfy this hunger in the past? What

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invitation does Jesus give in this verse?


Jesus is the light of the world. Read John 8:12. Jesus light directs us to follow him.
What is the promise to those who follow Jesus?
Jesus is the gate for the sheep. Read John 10:9-10. Just as the shepherd provided
safety for the grazing sheep, there is safety in following Jesus and doing life his
way. What does Jesus promise to anyone who enters through him as the gate?
Jesus is the good shepherd. Read John 10:11, 27-30. As a shepherd knows each of
his sheep by name, you can enjoy a forever relationship with Jesus as your
shepherd. Once you trust in Jesus to take away your sin and become one of his
followers (sheep), is there anything you can do to make yourself not belong to
God any longer?
Jesus is the resurrection and the life. Read John 11:25. To his followers, Jesus gives
eternal spiritual life now and eternal physical life in a new body after death. What
does Jesus promise to anyone who believes in him? Do you feel confident that
death for a believer is like going to sleep on earth and waking up in heaven with
Jesus nearby?
Jesus is the way, the truth, and the life. Read John 14:6. Jesus is the way for us to
be totally loved and accepted by God our Father. What does Jesus declare about
himself?
Jesus is the vine. Read John 15:5. Jesus nourishes us with his life so we bear fruit in
our own lives that represents our connection with him. How significant is it for us
to maintain a trusting relationship with Jesus?

4. Christianity is Christ!
Jesus Christ calls us into a close relationship with him. He offers a new life that is
joyful and fruitful. Through faith in him, you are totally accepted and loved by God
your Father. All the awesome treasures we have are through our faith in Jesus.
Why not spend the rest of your life getting to know this Jesus who lived a trusting
life with God so you would know how to do the same and died for you so that you
could have a new life?!
Discover more treasure: Work through your Personal Discovery Guide to review
what you learned in todays Together Session and discover more of the riches
that are yours in your relationship with Christ.

PERSONAL DISCOVERY GUIDE

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In this lesson, you learned that Christianity is Christ it is all about him! The
following quote says it well.
Jesus Christ gave his life for you so he could give his life to you so he could live his life
through you. (Ian Thomas, 20th century teacher)

As fully God and fully man, you can be confident that Jesus understands how you
feel (Hebrews 4:15) but is powerful enough (as God) to take care of your every
need (Ephesians 3:20). Through faith in him, you are totally accepted and loved by
God your Father. And, you enjoy awesome treasures God promises to you.
Jesus offers you a new life that is joyful and fruitful. You can enjoy a relationship
with himnow and forever!

Renewing Your Mind with Truth


Continue putting truth in your mind through memorizing Bible verses that are
relevant to what you are learning.
Review Memory Verse 1 Ephesians 2:8-9.
Begin working on this weeks verse John 20:31.

Memory Verse 2
But these are recorded so that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of
God, and that by believing you may have life in his name. (John 20:31)

Day 1 Discovery Review The Focus of Your


New Life Christ
Review these five truths. Make them part of your life as you grow in Christ. Find
and read the verses listed beside each truth. Write observations of what you see and
how you feel about the truth in the space given.
Jesus satisfies your hunger for a relationship with God: John 6:35; Matthew 11:2829.
Jesus gives you direction and safety as you follow him: John 8:12; John 10:9-10.
Jesus tenderly loves you and cares for you: John 10:11, 27-30.
Jesus gives you his life so you can enjoy your relationship with God and bear
purposeful fruit in your life: John 14:6; 15:5.

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Jesus gives you eternal spiritual life now and eternal physical life in a new body
after death: John 11:25; Romans 8:11; 1 Corinthians 15: 51-54.

Getting to Know Christ


Continue to focus on the life of Jesus as told in the gospel of Mark. Spend a few
minutes each day reading the verses and reflecting on Jesushis life, his
relationships, and his teaching. As you do so, you will get to know and understand
him betterthis One who loves you dearly.

Day 2 Discover Jesus


Read: Mark 2:18-27. Reflect on what you read

Day 3 Discover Jesus


Read: Mark 3:1-19. Reflect on what you read

Day 4 Discover Jesus


Read: Mark 3:20-35. Reflect on what you read

Day 5 Discover Jesus


Read: Mark 4:1-20. Reflect on what you read

Days 6 & 7 Review and Ask Questions


Spend time reviewing what you have learned this week about your new life in
Christ. Bring these to your Graceful Beginnings leader so she will know how to
help you grow.
What discoveries have you made?
What questions do you have?

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Lesson 3:
Your New Power Source Gods Spirit
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TOGETHER LESSON
An amazing transformation has begun to take place since you have trusted in Christ
as your Savior. You are now beginning to live the Christian life, which isnt a
standard of performance nor a code of ethics, but a vital personal relationship with
Jesus Christ. Christianity is Christ!
When you run a race, such as a marathon, it is your race to win or lose. Living for
Christ is different.
Just as our relationship with God is totally dependent on what God has done
through Jesus Christ, so the power to live a dynamic Christian life also comes
totally from God.
A computer has all the potential to do what it was created to do, but it has no power
of its own.
Similarly, through your new identity in Christ, you have all the potential you need
to live as a new creation in Christ. But, you must continually draw from the proper

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power source.
When Jesus left the earth after his resurrection, he told his disciples to wait for the
promise he would send them from his Father.
And look, I am sending you what my Father promised. But stay in the city until
you have been clothed with power from on high. (Luke 24:49)
Without him, living a life that pleases God is impossible. With him, you can do
anything and everything through Christ who gives you strength through the Spirit.
Read John 7:37-39. What does Jesus promise to those who come to him?
Discover more about the Holy Spirit and his role in your life

1. Who Is the Holy Spirit?


Even though he is invisible, the Holy Spirit is a real Person and completely God.
He is addressed by several titles in the Bible Spirit of God, Spirit of Jesus, the
Spirit, and the Holy Spirit. We have one God in three Personsthe Father, the Son,
and the Holy Spirit.
What do these verses say about the Holy Spirit?
John 14:16, 17
John 16:8
2 Corinthians 3:17

When you invited Jesus Christ into your life, he actually entered your lifeand
will be with you foreverthrough the Holy Spirit living in you. You will never be
alone!

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2. What Is the Holy Spirits Role in Your Life?


To give you life. Read Ephesians 2:1-5. The Bible describes your life before Christ
as being dead in your sins. Think of it as having a disease (sinfulness) that led to
death (no life). Christs death on the cross took care of your disease; Gods grace
has removed your sin from you. You are healed of the disease. Then, Gods Spirit
restores life to you. What is declared about you now in Ephesians 2:5?
To give you a new beginning. Read 2 Corinthians 5:17. What is declared about
you? You may not always feelor actnew. But, in Gods eyes, you are totally
new!
To teach you. Read John 16:13-15. What will the Spirit do for you?
Read 1 Corinthians 2:9-12. What will the Spirit do for you?
To free you from sins power. Read Galatians 5:16. The lure of lifes pleasures and
old habits will tug at you. Your own hormones and desires will crave to be filled.
What freedom does the Spirit give to you?
To bring your needs to the Father. Read Romans 8:26. What is promised? How
does this make you feel?
To transform you into the likeness of Christ. Read Romans 8:29 and 2 Corinthians
3:18. Gods awesome plan is to change you to become more like Jesus Christ in
your character. Jesus Spirit living in you has begun this change, and he will
continue his work throughout your life (Philippians 1:6). Is this something you
desire for your life?
To produce fruit in you and through you. Read Galatians 5:22-23. These qualities
of Jesus character will grow in your life. Which of these qualities would you most
like the Spirit to begin developing in your life?

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Read Acts 1:8. What else does the Spirit equip you to do?
To be a witness means to share with others what you have seen and experienced
yourself.
Gods awesome plan is to transform your life into something beautiful and
Christ-like. Sadly, not every believer experiences the power to live this life as
God intended. Some are unaware of the treasure of the Holy Spirit living
inside them. Others choose to ignore the Spirits work in their lives and
follow their own desires instead. Living by the Spirit is a choice

3. Living by the Spirit Is a Life of Faith


The Life-Long Battle
As long as you live on earth, you will not only have the Holy Spirit living inside
you, but you will also have your own flesh still with you and its desire for selfgratification. Life will be a continual battle between the desire to do things your
wayor Christs way.

The Answer
The Holy Spirit is a greater power than your old nature. Choosing to listen to the
Spirit and follow his leading will always be the right choice!
Read Ephesians 5:18. What is the choice given?
The word filled means to be directed and controlled. Just as a soccer player freely
chooses to let her coach direct her so she can do her best to win the game, we must
choose to yield ourselves to the Holy Spirits direction in our lives.

The Spirit-Filled Life of Faith


Faith is how you received Christ and his Holy Spirit giving you new life. Faith is

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how you turn your life over to the Spirit and trust him on a daily basis. The Spiritfilled life is trusting God to produce in you the fruitful life he promised.
You must by faith yield to the Holy Spirit to control your liferecognizing your
tendencies to be self-centered and then desire for Christs life to grow in you and
overcome those selfish tendencies. Consider praying this prayer of faith,
Dear Lord, I want you to change my life from being self-centered into one that is Christcentered. I no longer desire to follow my sinful thoughts and actions. I give you, Holy Spirit,
control of my thoughts, attitudes, words and behavior today. Fill me with yourself and show me
how to live a life that pleases Christ.

Key Question: The Spirit-filled life is one of adventure with Christ. Are you ready
for the adventure? When you think of what God has done for youand how much
your God loves youis there any other choice?
Discover more treasure: Work through your Personal Discovery Guide to review
what you learned in todays Together Session and discover more of the riches
that are yours in your relationship with Christ.

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In this lesson, you learned that when you trusted Christ
Gods Spirit came to live inside you forever (you are never alone!),
Gods Spirit empowers you to live your new life of faith, and
Gods Spirit produces the character of Christ in you.

Faith is how you received Christ and his Holy Spirit giving you new life. Faith is
how you turn your life over to the Spirit and trust him on a daily basis. The Spiritfilled life is trusting God to produce in you the fruitful life he promised.

Renewing Your Mind with Truth


Continue putting truth in your mind through memorizing Bible verses that are
relevant to what you are learning.
Review Memory Verse 1 Ephesians 2:8-9.
Review Memory Verse 2 John 20:31.
Begin working on this weeks verse Galatians 5:22-23.

Memory Verse 3
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness,
faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.
(Galatians 5:22-23)

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Day 1 Discovery Review Your New Power


Source Gods Spirit
Review these five truths. Make them part of your life as you grow in Christ. Find
and read the verses listed beside each truth. Write observations of what you see and
how you feel about the truth in the space given.
You are made alive: Ephesians 2:1-5; Colossians 2:13-14.
You are a new creation: 2 Corinthians 5:17.
You can understand Gods Word: John 16:13-15; 1 Corinthians 2:9-12.
You are freed from sins power: Read Galatians 5:16; Romans 6:11-14.
You are being transformed into Jesus likeness: Romans 8:29; 2 Corinthians 3:18;
Galatians 5:22-23.

A Word of Caution
Many believers have mistaken the Holy Spirits power for an emotional feeling or
euphoria. Sadly, when the feelings depart, they think they have lost the Spirits
power. Gods promise is to never leave or forsake you (Hebrews 13:5).

Getting to Know Christ


Continue to focus on the life of Jesus as told in the gospel of Mark. Spend a few
minutes each day reading the verses and reflecting on Jesushis life, his
relationships, and his teaching. As you do so, you will get to know and understand
him betterthis One who loves you dearly.

Day 2 Discover Jesus


Read: Mark 4:21-41. Reflect on what you read

Day 3 Discover Jesus


Read: Mark 5:1-20. Reflect on what you read

Day 4 Discover Jesus


Read: Mark 5:21-43. Reflect on what you read

Day 5 Discover Jesus


Read: Mark 6:1-29. Reflect on what you read

Days 6 & 7 Review and Ask Questions


Spend time reviewing what you have learned this week about your new life in
Christ. Bring these to your Graceful Beginnings leader so she will know how to
help you grow.
What discoveries have you made?
What questions do you have?

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Lesson 4:
Prayer Living in the Fathers Love
TOGETHER LESSON
You learned that the Holy Spirit brings to you much more than emotions or
feelingsalthough they may be part of it. He brings you his power so that you can
live the awesome life Christ has planned for you. Power to overcome temptation
and sin, to love others, and to live a life of obedience, freedom and joy is yours
through your relationship with Jesus Christ. Christianity is Christs life in you!
The Holy Spirit also provides the way for you to enjoy a life of prayer.

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What Is Prayer?
Jesus taught his followers to think of God as their Heavenly Father. Prayer is
communicating with your Heavenly Father and hearing back from him. It is
conversation with someone who loves you dearly. What a privilege for the
believerto go directly into Gods presence and talk with him about whatever is
on your heart. He desires to hear from us, and he promises to listen!
And this is the confidence we have before him: that whenever we ask anything
according to his will, he hears us. And if we know that he hears us in regard to
whatever we ask, then we know that we have the requests that we asked from him.
(1 John 5:4-15)
The Holy Spirit helps you to pray (Romans 8:26) and teaches you how to pray in
faithlearning to trust in Gods goodness in how and when he answers your
prayers. As you study Gods words to you in the Bible, the Spirit will teach you
who God is and how to enjoy your prayer relationship with him.
The next section will focus on Gods character. Then you will know who your
Heavenly Father isand why you can trust him.
Key Question: What words come to mind when you think about the character of
God? Is he someone you can know?

1. The God You Can Know


Gods greatness is far beyond human understanding. But, his Word does give us
part of the pictureHe is an awesome God! Take time to think through each of the
following characteristics of God and how each one affects your view of Godand
your relationship with him.
God is sovereign. Read 2 Samuel 7:22. God is the sovereign ruler over his creation.
He rules it with supreme authority and power. Are you willing to recognize Gods
authority over youto trust that he knows what is best for you?

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God is all-powerful. Read Ephesians 1:19-20; 3:20. God is more powerful than
anything or anyone else in the entire universe. God uses his power to work for us
and in us. Do you feel confident that you can ask him to work in your life, and he
will do it?
God is present everywhere. Read Psalm 139:7-10, 18. God is present everywhere at
the same time. Can you go to any place where God is not with you or cannot hear
your prayer to him?
God is all knowing. Read Psalm 139:1-4. God knows everything there is to know.
Does anything good or bad in your life escape Gods notice or surprise him?
God is just. Read Jeremiah 9:24. God always does what is morally right and fair.
How does knowing this make you feel as you share your heart with him?
God is good. Read Psalm 119:68. God is good all the timein the tough times, in
different ways for each person, and in what he allows or does not allow into our
lives. As you talk to your Heavenly Father, are you willing to trust his goodness in
the way he chooses to answer your prayer?

2. Praying to Your Heavenly Father


Now that you begin to see how great your Heavenly Father is, you may be afraid to
approach him in prayer. Yet, as his child, you are always welcome in his presence.
Go to himboldly!
Therefore let us confidently approach the throne of grace to receive mercy and
find grace whenever we need help. (Hebrews 4:16)

You Can Talk to God Anytime and Anywhere


You can talk with God throughout the day, telling him your needs, asking him for
guidance, and thanking him for all of his many blessings. And your prayers do not
have to be especially long. You can shoot up an arrow prayer to God anytime:
Father, I need your peace, or Please comfort me right now. You can talk to him
at work, while you drive in the car, even when you are talking with other people!
He loves you that much.

You Can Talk to God about Anything


Your Heavenly Father loves you very much and wants to hear what is on your
mind. When you talk to him about your thoughts and needs, it shows him that you
trust him. You can call out to him, and He promises to answerwhat a wonderful
guarantee! Your prayers do not have to be anything fancy. God is pleased with
honesty, not impressed with formality. Just start today by telling God what is on
your mind and asking him to speak to you through his words in the Bible.

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You Can Talk to God Expecting an Answer


God has given his words in the Bible to teach you what his will is on many areas of
life. You can pray with confidence when you pray according to his will.
And this is the confidence we have before him: that whenever we ask anything
according to his will, he hears us. And if we know that he hears us in regard to
whatever we ask, then we know that we have the requests that we asked from him.
(1 John 5:4-15)
And, you can ask God what to do in other situations and believe he will guide you.
Pray with humility, wanting to be dependent on him and learn from him.
But if anyone is deficient in wisdom, he should ask God, who gives to all
generously and without reprimand, and it will be given to him. (James 1:5)

3. Developing a Life of Prayer


As a Christian, you can approach prayer as a conversation with someone who loves
you dearly. As with any relationship, living in the Fathers love takes regular time
together with him. Plan a daily time that works for you to have focused time with
your Heavenly Father. Many Christians call this a Quiet Time. It helps to have a
place with few distractions. Jesus, as our example, got away from the people
surrounding him so that he could spend time talking to his Father.
Key Question: In your daily life, when could you carve out focused time to meet
with your Heavenly Father? How would you minimize distractions?
You can start talking to your Father in the morning before you even get out of bed.
For example:

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Good morning, Lord. Today, before I get going, I just want you to know I love youand want
to live for you today!
Lord, today, I am going to trust you to direct my paths as I choose to live my life your way.

Gods Perfect Timing


Do not be discouraged by prayers that seem to go unanswered. God in his goodness
may choose to delay the answer. Countless Christians will tell you stories of Gods
faithfulness in answering prayers after many years of continual praying.
God delights in your bringing him your requests since doing so is an act of faith
and obedience. Keep asking him for things that are within his will as revealed in
the Bible. He promises to answer those prayersstill, in his time!

Remember to Be Thankful!
God has done so much for you that your heart should want to thank him in prayer
and adore him because of his greatness and his unending love for you.
Do not be anxious about anything. Instead, in every situation, through prayer and
petition with thanksgiving, tell your requests to God. 7 And the peace of God that
surpasses all understanding will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus
(Philippians 4:6-7)
Discover more treasure: Work through your Personal Discovery Guide to review
what you learned in todays Together Session and discover more of the riches
that are yours in your relationship with Christ.

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When you invited Jesus into your life, you began a relationship with God that is
very personal and intimate. All relationships need good communication to be
healthy. Jesus death on the cross-made it possible for you to talk directly with God
as your Heavenly Father. He wants you to seek his guidance, comfort, peace, and
companionship alwaysnot just when you want things.
And, he is a God you can know. Because of this, you can think about him rightly as
you pray.

Renewing Your Mind with Truth


Continue putting truth in your mind through memorizing Bible verses that are
relevant to what you are learning.
Review Memory Verse 1 Ephesians 2:8-9.
Review Memory Verse 2 John 20:31.
Review Memory Verse 3 Galatians 5:22-23.
Begin working on this weeks verse Hebrews 4:16.

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Memory Verse 4
Therefore let us confidently approach the throne of grace to receive mercy and
find grace whenever we need help. (Hebrews 4:16)

Day 1 Discovery Review Prayer Living in the


Fathers Love
Review these truths about your Heavenly Father. Make them part of your life as
you learn to pray while living in your Fathers love.
God is sovereign: When you talk to your Father, approach him with humility and
respect for his absolute authority.
God is all-powerful: When you talk to your Father, humbly realize he can do
anything. And, although he cares about every detail in your life, think about how
small your problems are compared with how awesome he is!
God is present everywhere: When you talk to your Father, remember that wherever
you gohe is already there. Even in the worst situation or location, he is not
blocked out.
God is all knowing: When you talk to your Father, think about how he knows what
is going on deep in your heart. And, he knows what is best for you!
God is good: When you talk to your Father, remember that he is good all the
timein the tough times, in different ways for each person, and in what he allows
or does not allow into our lives.

So, begin talking to your awesome Father!

Getting to Know Christ


Continue reading through the gospel of Mark to get to know Jesus better
reflecting on his life, his relationships, and his teaching. Also, begin to pray
regularly to your Heavenly Father. Consider praying for specific issues in your life,
for friends and family you desire to know Christ, and for your personal spiritual
growth. As you read Gods Word, you will want to talk with him more. To help
you develop your time with God, a Day 6 reading is now added.

Day 2 Discover Jesus


Read: Mark 6:30-56. Reflect on what you read

Day 3 Discover Jesus


Read: Mark 7:1-23. Reflect on what you read

Day 4 Discover Jesus


Read: Mark 7:24-37. Reflect on what you read

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Day 5 Discover Jesus


Read: Mark 8:1-21. Reflect on what you read

Day 6 Discover Jesus


Read: Mark 8:22-9:1. Reflect on what you read

Days 7 Review and Ask Questions


Spend time reviewing what you have learned this week about your new life in
Christ. Bring these to your Graceful Beginnings leader so she will know how to
help you grow.
What discoveries have you made?
What questions do you have?

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Lesson 5:
Your New Life in Community
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TOGETHER LESSON
What a privilege it is to enjoy fellowship with God through prayer. It is also a
privilege to enjoy fellowship with other believers in Gods awesome family on
earththe Church.

What is the Church?


But to all who have received him those who believe in his name the right to
become Gods children children not born by human parents or by human desire
or a husbands decision, but by God. (John 1:12-13)
Yes, the moment you became a Christian, the Holy Spirit placed you into a new
family called the Church. The Church is spread across the whole world and made
up of every culture and languageall believers alive on planet earth. It is not
limited to a building, just as a natural family is not limited to their house. As Christ
is the head of this family, all members are considered part of the Body of Christ.
And, this family of Gods own children is given an amazing purposethe privilege

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of showing the world who God is.


But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people of his own,
so that you may proclaim the virtues of the one who called you out of darkness into
his marvelous light. (1 Peter 2:9)

The Local Church


While you are part of the universal Church, God wants you to be part of a local
church family. It is like having relatives all over the world but living with your
immediate family. A local church is a group of believers committed to worshiping
Christ, teaching his Word, supporting each other as you follow Jesus together and
proclaim the good news to others.
Key Question: Why do you think it would be important for you to spend time with
other Christians?
Discover the benefits of life in this new community

1. The Benefits of Community


And let us take thought of how to spur one another on to love and good works, not
abandoning our own meetings, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging
each other, and even more so because you see the day drawing near. (Hebrews
10:24-25)
Just as logs burn more brightly when placed together, so Christians need each other

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for warmth and encouragement. The local church provides opportunity for us to
enjoy this community. You will see that the benefits are mutual.
Growth. Read Ephesians 4:11-14. Pastors and teachers help you grow in your
Christian life as they feed you the spiritual food of the Bible and help you to know
God better. In what areas of life do you feel tossed about by every wind of
teaching?
Protection. Read Acts 20:28. Just as a house keeps people protected from harm, a
good local church community can keep Christians safe from false teaching. Leaders
that stay true to the Word of God will encourage the church community to stay true
to Gods Word, also. Would you be able to recognize false teaching on your own?
Love for Others. Read John 13:34-35. Being part of a church family helps you
learn how to love others and their differences. As we do so, we model his love to
the world. Why do you think Christians loving one another would be such a
powerful witness?
Spiritual Gifts. Read 1 Corinthians 12:4-7 and Ephesians 4:16.
God has given you spiritual gifts to benefit your church family. A local church
family can help you discover your gift and learn how to use it to strengthen the
Body of Christ. Whether God gave you the gift of singing, teaching, or giving, that
role is a crucial one for healthy functioning of the Body of Christ. How do you
think someone discovers her or his spiritual gift?
Key Question: Did you know that you are meant to play a crucial part in Gods
family?

2. Finding Community in a Local Church


God knows you need the guidance of a pastor, the care of other Christians, and the
safety and support of a good church to help you grow as a Christian. What makes a
good church? No church is perfect just like no family is perfect. But, as stated on
the first page, a healthy church is committed to certain things. Look for a church
that

Worships Christ
A healthy church presents Jesus as the Son of God and faith in him alone as the
only way to be saved from your sins and have a relationship with God.

Teaches His Word as Truth


A healthy church honors the Bible as Gods Word, completely true, and the
guidebook for life and decision-making.

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Grows Believers to Follow Jesus Together


A healthy church encourages you to personally follow Jesus as his disciple and
grow stronger in your faithwhat you read in Ephesians 4:11-14 earlier in this
lesson. When you are joined together with other believers who are growing in
Christ, you each encourage one another and keep each other fired up in your
mutual faith.
Therefore encourage one another and build up each other, just as you are in fact
doing. (1 Thessalonians 5:11)

Encourages Believers to Proclaim the Good News


A healthy church is actively obeying Jesus command in Matthew 28:19 to share
the good news about Jesus with those who dont know him yet. This is the main
purpose of the worldwide Churchto tell others about Jesus that they, too, may be
saved and added to Gods family.
Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the
Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit (Matthew 28:19)
Key Question: Do you feel personally included in Jesus command to tell the world
about him and make disciples in all nations?
Pray and ask God to help you find the local church he wants you to join. He has
promised to provide for you, so you can trust him to answer your request. When
you find a healthy church that is committed to the four values listed above, thank
God! Ask him how you can serve there.

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2. Living as Part of the Family


Enjoying community as part of a church family is called fellowship (from the
Greek word meaning sharing in common). The sharing of our lives requires
sincere love, kind speech, continuing encouragement, heartfelt forgiveness, and
selfless generosity. All these qualities are possible because of the Holy Spirit living
inside each member and binding us all together.
Relationships among believers should be marked by love for each other, which is
the very thing that attracts those who do not have a relationship with Jesus.
I give you a new commandment to love one another. Jut as I have loved you,
you also are to love one another. Everyone will know by this that you are my
disciples if you have love for one another. (John 13:34-35)
Jesus knows our hearts. He knows the difficulty we all have at times with one
another. Our relationship with him does not prevent us from experiencing
misunderstandings or differences of opinion. Sometimes these relational challenges
tempt us to harbor grudges against someone with whom we differ or to isolate
ourselves from the community. Neither of these is healthy for a believer.

Reconcile Relationships Quickly


Jesus helped his disciples through their conflicts with one another. By faith in
Christ, we are not only commanded to love but are given his love to give to others.
Gods Spirit enables us as we trust him to do so. We can say, I cant, Jesus, but
you can through me.
Read Matthew 5:23-24. How should we respond to a broken relationship with a
fellow believer?

Stay Connected
One of the main reasons some Christians live defeated lives is that they have
isolated themselves from other believers. Coming together with other believers in
Christs name is similar to hot coals, which keep each other hot when lumped
together. A coal that is separated from the others will soon grow cold. Isolation will
lead to stunted spiritual growth and a lack of joy in your life.
Read Hebrews 10:24-25. Why is it important to stay connected to other believers?

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Discover more treasure: Work through your Personal Discovery Guide to review
what you learned in todays Together Session and discover more of the riches
that are yours in your relationship with Christ.

PERSONAL DISCOVERY GUIDE


You, along with all other Christians of all time, make up the Body of Christ, the
Church. While you are part of the universal Church, God wants you to be part of a
local church family. It is like having relatives all over the world but living with
your immediate family. A local church is a group of believers committed to
worshiping Christ, teaching his Word, supporting each other as you follow Jesus
together and proclaim the good news to others.
You may or may not belong to a local church right now, and there is still a bit to
learn about it all. But, take a moment now and thank God for adopting you into his
family and giving you a new community in which to enjoy your new life.

Renewing Your Mind with Truth


Continue putting truth in your mind through memorizing Bible verses that are
relevant to what you are learning.
Review Memory Verse 1 Ephesians 2:8-9.
Review Memory Verse 2 John 20:31.
Review Memory Verse 3 Galatians 5:22-23.
Review Memory Verse 4 Hebrews 4:16.
Begin working on this weeks verse John 13:34-35.

Memory Verse 5
I give you a new commandment to love one another. Jut as I have loved you,
you also are to love one another. Everyone will know by this that you are my
disciples if you have love for one another. (John 13:34-35)

Day 1 Discovery Review Your New Life in


Community
Review these truths about the benefits of life in a church family. Find and read the
verses listed. Write observations of what you see and how you feel about each

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benefit. Learn to live your new life in community with other Christ-followers.
Your church community can help you to grow strong in your faith and to know
God better: Ephesians 4:11-14.
Your church community can keep you protected from being swayed by false
teaching: Acts 20:28.
Your church community can teach you how to love others and model Christs love
to the world: John 13:34-35.
Your church community can help you to discover your spiritual gifts and learn how
to use them to serve the church family: 1 Corinthians 12:4-7; Ephesians 4:16.
Your church community can be a source of encouragement to you: Hebrews 10:2425.

Someone once said, Believers are Jesus in the flesh to one another. It is truly
awesome to fellowship with others who love Christand are living for him!

How to Get Started


Ask God to direct you to other believers
Attend a Bible teaching and outreaching church.
Join a small Bible study and prayer group.
Use your gifts to reach others for Christ.
Look for mature believers who can disciple (mentor) you as you grow.
Ask God for someone you can disciple, sharing with her what you are learning.

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Getting to Know Christ


Continue reading through the gospel of Mark to get to know Jesus better
reflecting on his life, his relationships, and his teaching. Also, begin to pray
regularly to your Heavenly Father. Consider praying for specific issues in your life,
for friends and family you desire to know Christ, and for your personal spiritual
growth. As you read Gods Word, you will want to talk with him more.

Day 2 Discover Jesus


Read: Mark 9:2-13. Reflect on what you read

Day 3 Discover Jesus


Read: Mark 9:14-32. Reflect on what you read

Day 4 Discover Jesus


Read: Mark 9:33-50. Reflect on what you read

Day 5 Discover Jesus


Read: Mark 10:1-16. Reflect on what you read

Day 6 Discover Jesus


Read: Mark 10:17-52. Reflect on what you read

Days 7 Review and Ask Questions


Spend time reviewing what you have learned this week about your new life in
Christ. Bring these to your Graceful Beginnings leader so she will know how to
help you grow.
What discoveries have you made?
What questions do you have?

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Lesson 6:
A New Life of Obedience
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TOGETHER LESSON
I have been crucified with Christ, and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in
me. So the life I now live in the body, I live because of the faithfulness of the Son
of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. (Galatians 2:20)
The entire Christian life is to be lived by faith, not works. Other religions force
their followers to adhere to a list of rules to stay acceptable. Christians should want
to obey God out of love and gratitude for how much God loves us and for Jesus
paying the ultimate price for our sins. Yet, we cannot live an obedient Christian life
in our own strength. We must live by faith in Gods promises in the Bible. By faith,
we trust the Holy Spirit to enable us to obey what God wants for our lives. By faith,
we learn to obey Christ and experience a life of freedom and joy.

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The Forces Against You


The Bible teaches that in the Christian life, you will face enemies that will try to
keep you from being obedient to Christthe devil, the world and the flesh.
The Devil Satan (known as the devil) is a vicious enemy who will aim to keep
you away from trusting in Jesus and the promises in Gods Word. His weapons are
doubt and discouragement. Do not fear him. Jesus is stronger than he is. (1 John
4:4)
The World The culture wants to conform you to its way of life. Its aim is to keep
you focused on possessions, success and other substitutes for God. Choose not to
be conformed to the world but transformed to Jesus way of living life. (Romans
12:1-2)
The Flesh While we as redeemed and forgiven believers have new life in Christ,
we retain our old bodies in which sin still dwells (called the flesh or sinful
nature). Though born again of the Spirit, our bodies are not born again, and our
souls (mind, emotion, and will) are not instantly transformed. It is through this part
of us (the flesh) that sin assaults us.
Key Question: How much does the flesh improve over time? 0255075
100%

1. Conflict between the Spirit and the Flesh


The flesh does not improve over time. It is in continual conflict with the Spirit
living inside of us. As a result, we never outgrow our need to depend 100% on
Jesus Christ. Our choices can change over time as we learn to live by the Spirit and

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not by the flesh. For simplicity, we will consider living by the flesh as letting your
self control that part of your life as opposed to the Spirit controlling it.
Read Galatians 5:16-18. How does Paul describe this continual conflict?
Read Galatians 5:19-26. Contrast evidence of living by the flesh with living by the
Spirit.

Self-Control Evidences

Spirit-Control Evidences

Read Colossians 3:5-15. Contrast evidence of the two different ways of living.

Self-Control Evidences

Spirit-Control Evidences

Living by the flesh is pretty ugly, isnt it? Would you say there is a stark contrast
between the two lifestyles? Actually, at any point in your life you will be living by
the Spirit in some areas of your life and living by the flesh in other areas. The
evidence reveals who you are trusting inself or Christ. The Christian life is
impossible apart from Christ himself. Thats why we are continually exhorted to
live by faith in Christ, trusting in his Spirit to enable us to obey him.
Key Question: Which evidences of self-control in your life jumped out at you
when you listed them above?
Jesus wants you to trust him to live by the Spirit in those areas.

3. Choosing Wisely as You Learn to Obey Christ


Sin is ugly, very ugly! Though we have an indwelling sin nature still with us that is
at war against the Spirit, we are not left helpless in the midst of the conflict. Gods
empowering presence in ushis Spiritis a greater power than sin and enables us
to win the battle over sin. But, we have a responsibility as well.
Read Galatians 5:16 and Romans 13:14. In order to live by the Spirit and not by the

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flesh, what is our responsibility?


Read Titus 2:11-14. What does Gods grace present in his Word and his Spirit
inside us do for us?
Read 1 Corinthians 10:13. Temptation is not sin, but it can lead to sin. What does
God promise regarding temptation?
Whether or not we are presently tempted in a given area, we are capable of
committing any sin (disobedience to Christ) mentioned in the Bible, given the right
set of circumstances, time and temptation. The progression is:
A received thought produces familiarity.
Continued pondering produces a loss of repugnance and, eventually, curiosity.
Desires, sometimes a total surprise, are generated to experiment. The most
damaging or dangerous are the ones that blindside you with a desire you didnt
even know would affect you! So, protect yourself at all times through prayer,
Lord, protect me from myself!
Having tried the activity, the flesh (like a goat) can learn to like, and even grow
dependent, on any sensual stimulus.

Conclusion: We never outgrow our need to depend 100% upon Jesus Christ.
Recognizing this should lead us to have compassion on one another (Galatians 6:1)
and to not take risks with sinful behavior!
A habit is easier to maintain than it is to start. Faith can be a habita good habit.
Make wise decisions to protect yourself:
1) Protect your mind. Desires of the flesh do not go away but are like a fire. They
can burn hot or burn down, depending on whether you are feeding them.
2) Don't play with fire. Make policy decisions to keep your distance from what
tempts you.
Key Question: What decisions are you making or should you make to protect
yourself from what tempts you?

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3. The Biblical Way for Dealing with Recognized


Sin in Your Life
Most of us cannot go very long without doing something that is a work of the
fleshwhether intentional or unintentional. God understands this about us. All sin
is covered by Christs work on the cross, forgiven before it is every committed.
(Ephesians 1:7; Colossians 2:13-14) Living by the Spirit reveals to us through the
Word and through prayer what is sin in our lives and helps our repentant hearts
follow through with a desire for change. When you recognize sin in your life, use
the following process to help you deal with it.
Step 1. View yourself rightly.
Your identity is not _______ (coveter, greedy, gossiper, whatever it is). You are
in Christ, a child of God, who sometimes _____ (covets, is greedy, gossips).
Step 2. Recognize (confess) the truth regarding your specific sin.
To confess biblically means to agree with God about what you and he both know
to be true. It is not a formula nor does confession require a mediator. It is not
saying, Im sorry. It is saying, I agree with you, God. I blew it!
For example: while reading Philippians 4:12, the Spirit convicts you that you have
been coveting rather than being content. You agree with God that your coveting
doesnt fit someone who knows God. That is confession.
Step 3. Add repentance to your confession.
Repentance means to change your mind about that sin, to mourn its ugliness,
resulting in changing your actions. Its saying, I recognize what I am doing is
wrong. This fills me with sorrow because it displeases you, God. Please help me to
live differently. He will certainly do that! Thats how our lives get transformed.

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For example: You want to stop coveting and be content and grateful instead. So,
you pray, Lord Jesus, by faith I ask your Spirit to nudge me when I want to covet.
Replace my coveting with contentment and gratitude. That is repentance.
Step 4. Follow repentance with dependence.
Depend on the Holy Spirit inside you for that change to take place. Our Lord Jesus
Christ is not interested in our compliance (outward conformity) as much as he
desires our obedience from the heart.
For example: Memorize Philippians 4:12-13 and any other scriptures that deal with
being thankful for Gods provision. Be sensitive to the Spirits nudging when you
are tempted to covet. Choose to be thankful instead.
Discover more treasure: Work through your Personal Discovery Guide to review
what you learned in todays Together Session and discover more of the riches
that are yours in your relationship with Christ.

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The Christian life is to be lived by faith. Christians should want to obey Christ out
of love and gratitude for how much God loves us and for Jesus paying the ultimate
price for our sins. Yet, we cannot live an obedient Christian life in our own
strength. We must live by faithin Gods promises in the Bible and in the Holy
Spirit inside us who helps us obey what God wants for our lives. By faith, we learn
to obey Christ and experience a life of freedom and joy.

Renewing Your Mind with Truth


Continue putting truth in your mind through memorizing Bible verses that are
relevant to what you are learning.
Review Memory Verse 1 Ephesians 2:8-9.
Review Memory Verse 2 John 20:31.
Review Memory Verse 3 Galatians 5:22-23.
Review Memory Verse 4 Hebrews 4:16.
Review Memory Verse 5 John 13:34-35.
Begin working on this weeks verse Galatians 2:20.

Memory Verse 6
I have been crucified with Christ, and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in
me. So the life I now live in the body, I live because of the faithfulness of the Son
of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. (Galatians 2:20)

Day 1 Discovery Review A New Life of

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Obedience
Do not be discouraged when progress in your Christian walk does not happen as
quickly as you want. Christian growth is a lifelong process. God is patient with you
and will never take his love away from you. Believe that the Holy Spirit will give
you victory any moment you choose to obey him. Continue being obedient, living
by faith and trusting in Gods promises even when you are going through trials and
temptations. By faith, the Holy Spirit gives us the power to overcome those trials
and temptations. As we surrender our lives to him out of obedience, he conforms us
into the likeness of the Lord Jesus.
Have you recognized specific sin in your life that you know is ugly in Gods eyes?
Follow the steps given to live in freedom from the ugliness in that area of your life.
In this way, you will learn obedience to Christ. Trust the Holy Spirit to give you
victory in that area.
Step 1. View yourself rightly.
Your identity is not ________________ (coveter, greedy, gossiper, whatever
your sin is). You are in Christ, a child of God, who sometimes
________________ (covets, is greedy, gossips, whatever your sin is).
Step 2. Recognize (confess) the truth regarding your specific sin.
Agree with God about what you and He both know to be true. Be specific about
your sin.
Step 3. Add repentance to your confession.
Say, for example, I recognize what I am doing is wrong. This fills me with sorrow
because it displeases You, God. Please help me to live differently.

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Step 4. Follow repentance with dependence.


Depend on the Holy Spirit inside you for that change to take place. You cannot do
it on your own, but he can do it through you. Memorize a Bible verse that
encourages you to live differently.
Praise God for how he works in your life in that area!

Getting to Know Christ


Continue reading through the gospel of Mark to get to know Jesus better
reflecting on his life, his relationships, and his teaching. Also, begin to pray
regularly to your Heavenly Father. Consider praying for specific issues in your life,
for friends and family you desire to know Christ, and for your personal spiritual
growth. As you read Gods Word, you will want to talk with him more.

Day 2 Discover Jesus


Read: Mark 11:1-19. Reflect on what you read

Day 3 Discover Jesus


Read: Mark 11:20-33. Reflect on what you read

Day 4 Discover Jesus


Read: Mark 12:1-27. Reflect on what you read

Day 5 Discover Jesus


Read: Mark 12:28-44. Reflect on what you read

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Day 6 Discover Jesus


Read: Mark 13:1-36. Reflect on what you read

Days 7 Review and Ask Questions


Spend time reviewing what you have learned this week about your new life in
Christ. Bring these to your Graceful Beginnings leader so she will know how to
help you grow.
What discoveries have you made?
What questions do you have?

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Lesson 7:

Sharing Your New Life with Others


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TOGETHER LESSON
How did you first hear about Jesus? Someone told you, right? Did you know that
you have also been sent by the Lord to reach others with the good news about
Jesus? You and I as followers of Jesus Christ have the awesome privilege of
sharing the good news of eternal life with others. There is tremendous joy in
reaching out to those who do not know Jesus and introducing them to him so they
can know him just as you now know him.
But how can they call on him to save them unless they believe in him? And how
can they believe in him if they have never heard about him? And how can they hear
about him unless someone tells them? (Romans 10:14 New Living Translation)

Tell the World about Jesus


This amazing task is called the Great Commission. It is what Jesus told his
followers right before he left earth to go to Heaven. Go and make disciples of all
nations. (Matthew 28:19) When Jesus gave that command to his followers to go
and make disciples, it was not to ordained preachers, hired church staff or
organizations. He spoke those words to average, every day kind of people like you
and I are. All nations includes your sphere of influence, wherever that is.
Think of it this way: Imagine you had cancer and were chosen to be part of a

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special test group for a new cure. The treatment cured all of your cancer completely
free of charge. What is the first thing you would do after you were healed? You
would want to tell all of the other cancer victims about this great cure! Well, sin is
a cancer affecting every single person. And you have been curedforgiven of your
sinsby Jesus Christ. Do you remember how you felt before you believed in
Jesus? Maybe you felt lonely, guilty, and without hope. The entire world is lost
without Jesus. We are Christs ambassadors. (2 Corinthians 5:20) He has selected
us to represent him and reach them with his love and forgiveness.
Key Question: Are you willing to be Christs ambassador to those in your sphere of
influence? If so, tell God right now that you are willing.

1. The Gospel Is Good News

Jesus Christ laid down his life for you so that he could give his life to you so that he could live
his life through you. (Ian Thomas)

Relating the good news to others takes two basic forms: your walk and your talk.
As you grow in your relationship with Christ, others can see Christ by your walk
(life). As the quote above says, Jesus living his life through us is one way he draws
people to himself.
In the same way, let your light shine before people, so that they can see your good
deeds and give honor to your Father in heaven. (Matthew 5:16)
But, as we read at the beginning of this lesson, you must also tell the good news of
the gospel so others may believe in Christ.
The Gospel is the good news about Jesus Christ coming to earth to save us from
our sins. If you have opportunity to tell someone one thing, tell her about Jesus.
Tell her that God loves her and wants a relationship with her. But, sin separates her

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from Gods love.


Tell her that Jesus is God, who came to earth as a man, and died for the sins of the
world.
Tell her that she can be completely forgiven of her sins and receive eternal life
with God solely by believing in Jesus as Savior and Lord.

That is the gospel. Anyone can share it, and everyone needs to hear it. Pray and ask
God for an opportunity this week to share the gospel. A famous evangelist once
said this, Take the initiative to share the gospel in the power of the Holy Spirit and
leave the results to God.

2. Pray & Watch

You do not need to be an expert in the Bible or have years of experience with
Christ to reach others for him. There are several ways you can share Christ on a
daily basis.
The first and most important thing to do is to pray: ask your heavenly Father to lead
you to someone who is open to hearing more about Christ. It is the Holy Spirits
job to draw people to Christ. Pray the following:
Father, please send the Holy Spirit to work in the heart of ________ to draw her to Jesus and
make her into a laborer for the Kingdom.

Keep on praying that prayer as often as you think about or see that person,
envisioning the Holy Spirit going to work in that persons life, drawing that person
to Jesus. Then you can ask the Spirit to open the door to have a conversation with
her. Make an intentional date to spend time with her.
When you talk to her, ask good questions to determine if she is interested in
spiritual things or whether she has already trusted in Christ as her Savior. For
example:
What is your faith background?
What were you taught about God growing up?

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Have you had a spiritual experience that shaped your life?


Have you ever read or been taught from the Bible?
How have spiritual values shaped your life?

You dont have to make a complete presentation of the Gospel to make an impact
for Christ. Ask the Holy Spirit to lead you to someone who is open to hearing more
about Jesus.

3. Share Your Story


If you trusted Christ recently, you remember what life was like for you before
Christ came into your life. How did you feel? What triggered your need for Jesus?
What did God use to draw you to him? That may be how God will use you to reach
others for Christ.
Once you have established a relationship with a friend, and earned the right to be
heard, pray for an opportunity to share your storywhat Christ has done in your
life. Be ready for openings in the conversation where you can share simple
statements of what God has done in your life (including your weaknesses and need
of him). Allow her a peak into the life you have in Christ. Encourage her trust and
create curiosity for more.
Most people reject Christianity because they dont have a clue what it is all
about, or they misunderstandand think it is just religion. They do not realize
they are missing a totally awesome relationship with Jesus! The best way to
shareso that they really understand what the Bible saysis to prepare a short
version of your own faith story that includes the Gospel message in itwhat you
heard and believed.
You will get an opportunity to work on your story in the Personal Discovery Guide
this week.

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4. Ask for a Decision & Lead Her in Prayer


As the Holy Spirit leads, expect God to be working in her heart. Ask one of the
following questions:
Does this make sense to you?
Would you like to accept Gods gift?
Would you like to trust in Christ now?

Tell her that she must personally trust in Christs death on the cross in order to
receive Gods forgiveness for her sins. If she is ready for a decision, pray with her
to trust in Christ. A sample prayer is:
Dear Lord Jesus, thank you for dying for all of my sins past, present, and future. Thank you
for giving me eternal life and wanting a relationship with me. I trust in you now as my Savior,
and I desire you to be Lord of my life.

5. The Next Step for Her Establish Her in


Her New Faith
Once a person has come to Christ, now you have the privilege and honor of
establishing her in the basics of the Christian faith as you have now been
established through this series of lessons. Schedule a time to start going through
Graceful Beginnings with her. Soon she will be reaching her peers for Christ, too.
It is also vital that she get immediately connected with other Christians,
preferably those who will have common interests and have been praying for her
along with you. By joining a community of believers, she can learn from other
mentors besides you.

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6. The Next Step for You


To keep growing as a disciple of Jesus Christ:
Join a Bible study or small group where you can enjoy fellowship with others who
are also learning more about this new life in Christ.
Keep telling others about Jesus and personally discipling them in the basics of the
Christian faith using Graceful Beginnings.
Take the next step of growth through the Leadership Training Classes study,
available at www.shekinaheaglescentre.org Look for ways you can serve others in
your local church or community.

Discover more treasure: Work through your Personal Discovery Guide to review
what you learned in todays Together Session and discover more of the riches
that are yours in your relationship with Christ.

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Christianity is Christ! It's all about a relationship with him. Jesus Christ gave his
life for you by grace, so he could give his life to you by grace, so he could live his
life through you by grace. Knowing Christs love for you and the presence of his
life in you should motivate you to live for him (2 Corinthians 5:14-15; Galatians
2:20) and to serve him through serving others (John 13:1-15; Galatians 5:13-14;
Philippians 2:1-4). Both are responses to Gods grace in your life. Another
response is letting his life in you overflow to others around you, particularly those
who need to know Christ.

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Renewing Your Mind with Truth


Continue putting truth in your mind through memorizing Bible verses that are
relevant to what you are learning.
Review Memory Verse 1 Ephesians 2:8-9.
Review Memory Verse 2 John 20:31.
Review Memory Verse 3 Galatians 5:22-23.
Review Memory Verse 4 Hebrews 4:16.
Review Memory Verse 5 John 13:34-35.
Review Memory Verse 6 Galatians 2:20
Begin working on this weeks verse Romans 10:14.

Memory Verse 7
But how can they call on him to save them unless they believe in him? And how
can they believe in him if they have never heard about him? And how can they hear
about him unless someone tells them? (Romans 10:14 New Living Translation)
Note: This week, you will do your reading on Days 1-5 and work on your faith
story on Days 6 & 7.

Getting to Know Christ


Finish reading through the gospel of Mark to get to know Jesus betterreflecting
on his life, his relationships, and his teaching. Consider praying for specific issues
in your life, for friends and family you desire to know Christ, and for your personal
spiritual growth. As you read Gods Word, you will want to talk with him more.

Day 1 Discover Jesus


Read: Mark 14:1-31. Reflect on what you read

Day 2 Discover Jesus


Read: Mark 14:32-52. Reflect on what you read

Day 3 Discover Jesus


Read: Mark 14:53-15:15. Reflect on what you read

Day 4 Discover Jesus


Read: Mark 15:16-47. Reflect on what you read

Day 5 Discover Jesus


Read: Mark 16:1-20. Reflect on what you read
From This Weeks Reading:
What discoveries have you made?
What questions do you have?

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Days 6 & 7 Your Faith Story


People love to hear storiestelling your faith story is just that: your personal story about your
faith. Its an unobtrusive way to speak about the love of God in your life and the love he has for
all peopleyour life and story is the best tract to be written! (The Disciple making Ministry
Guide for Women in Leadership, How to Share Your Faith, page 21)

Use the following prompts to get you started. Then, choose the highlights to make a
Five-Minute Faith Story that you can easily share when Jesus gives you
opportunity.
Before you trusted in Christ
Although the tendency is to spend most of the time on your before Christ
experience, only give enough information so someone else would know why you
needed Christ in your life. Tell what you needed so that someone may identify with
you.
Identify what your life was like.
What were your attitudes, needs, and/or problems?
To what source did you look for security, peace of mind, or happiness?
In what ways were your activities unsatisfying?
Find 2-3 words to describe what only Christ could fill or do in your life (e.g.
loneliness, feelings of insignificance, anger, rejection).

Briefly share a personal example that captures the needs and attitudes from this
time of your life as identified above.
How you came to know Christ (point of salvation)
Share when and how you first heard the gospel and/or were exposed to Christianity.
What brought you to the place of being willing to listen?

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Who influenced you?


How and when did you decide to follow Jesus?
Describe how you felt, what truths you heard, what you thought about them, and
how you felt after you made the decision.

Give the gospel in this section. Use 1 or 2 relevant scripture verses.


My life after knowing Jesus
Spend the most time on this.
What conditions before Christ has been satisfied by a relationship with him?
What does it look like in your life to have a relationship with Christ?
How long did it take before you noticed changes?
What are your blessings?
Where do you struggle?
How do you depend on him through those struggles?
What difference does having him in your life make during those times?
Emphasize what you have learned about Gods grace to you.

Briefly share a personal illustration that shows the wonderful difference that Christ
has made in your life.
Wrap up by inviting the listener to trust in Christ as you did so she can experience a
new life of freedom and joy!

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helping others transform their circumstances, and discover God's unique plan of
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